Monday, May 28, 2012

The Orwell Prize gets Hitched

I wrote this for The Guardian in response to the late Hitchens receiving a memorial award from the Orwell Prize:

...Yet in his final years, Hitchens resembled nothing so much as the wretched apostate assayed by William Hazlitt – haunted by "the phantoms of his altered principles", driven "to loathe and execrate them", offering "all his thoughts, hopes, wishes, from youth upwards… at the shrine of matured servility", becoming, at last, "one vile antithesis, a living and ignominious satire on himself". And it is a sorry thing, but I suspect it is that Hitchens who has been posthumously honoured by the Orwell prize.
Go read the whole thing. You'll lol.